Anxiety is defined as ‘a feeling of unease,
such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe’.
We all have these feelings from time to time but sometimes,
for a variety of reasons, they can be harder to control.
The Office of National Statistics (ONS 2000) found that about 1 in 6 of all adults suffer and found that the most prevalent disorder was mixed anxiety and depression.
Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post traumatic stress disorder (NICE 2007; Clinical Evidence 2007). They can be chronic and cause considerable distress and disability. As well as emotional symptoms such as worry, disturbed sleep, irritability and poor concentration, anxiety can cause physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, diarrhoea, dry mouth, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, cold hands, muscle tension and aches, trembling and twitching.
Research suggests that anxiety is often suffered in silence, as over two thirds of the estimated three million UK sufferers fail to seek treatment. A study carried out by the British Acupuncture Council and Anxiety UK believes this could be down to a lack of understanding of the options available, especially with complementary therapies such as acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be effective for anxiety. We may be able to help you.
The study found that 66.5% admitted that they just ‘try and get on with things’ rather than seek help, even though 50% said the condition affected their career and relationships.
How acupuncture can help?
From a Chinese medicine perspective anxiety is understood to be an imbalance in one or more aspects of your system. In recent years we have seen an increased number of patients coming in for help with anxiety.
From a Western medicine perspective, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.
How does acupuncture work?
Specific diagnostic techniques, such as tongue and pulse diagnosis, abdominal and channel palpation, alongside talking, are used to identify patterns of physiological disruption. Needles are then used in specific points that stimulate and rectify your mind and body’s normal physiological function.
How do I book an appointment?
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- American Psychiatric Association, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Ed., Text Revision). Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association.
- National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2007. Quick reference guide (amended) Anxiety: management of anxiety (panic disorder, with or without agoraphobia, and generalised anxiety disorder) in adults in primary, secondary and community care. Clinical Guideline 22 (amended) [online]. Available: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/CG22/QuickRefGuide/pdf/English
- Office of National Statistics 2000. Psychiatric Morbidity among Adults living in Private Households. [online] Available:
- World Health Organization 2007. International Statistical Classification of Disease 10th revision (ICD-10) [online]. Available: http://apps.who.int/classifications/apps/icd/icd10online/